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  • New Deal for F-35 Engine
    New Deal for F-35 Engine 7 September 2020
    Raytheon signed a contract worth approximately $580 million for engine spare parts of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. For the F-135 engine, Raytheon will provide a unit-level shipping system and module to support spare parts requirements. The F-135 engine, which powers all three variants of the F-35 fighter jet, was developed based on the F119 engine that powers the F-22 Raptor. The work, which Raytheon will run in Connecticut, is expected to be completed in December 2024....
  • Japan to Decide Next Fighter Maker
    Japan to Decide Next Fighter Maker 29 July 2020
    Japan's Ministry of Defence will partner with only one Japanese company to lead the development of next-generation fighter planes, according to Nikkei Daily. Previous fighters were imported from the U.S. or manufactured by Japanese companies under US license. The selected company will develop and manufacture a replacement for the current F-2 jets as they will be decommissioned around 2035. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Subaru and IHI will be c...
  • Flying Information Node Mission for Aerial Refuelling Tanker
    Flying Information Node Mission for Aerial Refuelling Tanker 16 July 2020
    The multi-domain battle doctrine, although relatively new, is one of the building blocks of the warfare techniques of the future. The active and uninterrupted sustainability of the war of information, which guides the real combat, is the core of the doctrine. The Royal Air Force (RAF) has already started the study on the multi-domain battle doctrine it plans to implement with the F-35B Lightning IIs and the platforms it will add to its inventory in the future. In this context, RAF, ...
  • Japan's Supersonic Missile Variant Viewed for The First Time
    Japan's Supersonic Missile Variant Viewed for The First Time 16 July 2020
    Developed variant of Japan's ASM-3 supersonic anti-ship missile produced by local sources was shared for the first time. The ammunition was captured during A Visit to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries by Japanese Deputy Defence Minister Tomohiro Yamamoto. Changes are thought to have been made to the body and size of the new variant, which has been subject to changes in accordance with the needs of the air force. The development of the supersonic missile designed fo...
  • Pakistan Inducts First Yarmook Corvette
    Pakistan Inducts First Yarmook Corvette 15 July 2020
    Pakistan has commissioned the first of Yarmook-class corvettes built by Damen Shipyard Group based in the Netherlands. A contract was signed between Pakistan and Damen Shipyard in 2017 for the construction of two corvettes. In February 2020, the first corvette was delivered to Pakistan by the F-271 PNS Yarmook at a ceremony in Romania. Yarmook class platforms, designed based on OPV 1900 patrol ship, have 2,300 tons of displacement. The platform has a crew capacity of 138, ...
  • Japan's Next Generation Fighter Will Be Inventories in 2035
    Japan's Next Generation Fighter Will Be Inventories in 2035 9 July 2020
    Japan has announced new dates in a next-generation fighter jet project to replace f-2 aircraft in its inventory.  The prototype will be produced in 2024 as part of the F-X program for the aircraft, which is intended to be developed with domestic resources.  According to local media reports, the first limited edition is set for 2030, with the new aircraft scheduled to take place in inventory by 2035. Tokyo will work with the United Kingdom in engine deve...
  • Indonesia to Acquire 8 MV-22 Osprey For $2 Billion
    Indonesia to Acquire 8 MV-22 Osprey For $2 Billion 7 July 2020
    The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress late Monday of their approval of a possible Foreign Military Sale of MV-22 Ospreys to Indonesia. The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Indonesia of eight MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. <...
  • Engine Shortage on Fifth Generation
    Engine Shortage on Fifth Generation 26 June 2020
    Fifth-generation fighter jets are capable of turning the balances with their technological infrastructures and capabilities in the battlefield of today and tomorrow. The F-22 Raptor, the first fifth-generation fighter jet that goes into active use, is in trouble again. On the platform, which came to the agenda with problems experienced in different components from time to time, engine shortage arose this time. It has been announced that the number of spare engine...
  • Domestic Guards to TCG Anadolu Task Force
    Domestic Guards to TCG Anadolu Task Force 29 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir was the guest of SETA (Political, Economic and Social Research Foundation) joint live broadcast with SSB. Prof. Dr. Demir answered the questions about the future of the TCG Anadolu (L 400) amphibious assault ship and the task force ships. He underlined that such platforms will not be assigned alone. While it was pointed out that there are many platforms currently under construction or R&D processes, it was emphasiz...
  • F-35 Down
    F-35 Down 20 May 2020
    Equipped with state-of-the-art components, the F-35 Lightning II, which is characterized as a future aircraft thanks to its network-centric warfare capability, crashed. An F-35A Lightning II of the US Air Force was crashed during a routine night training flight while returning to the Eglin Air Force Base. Reason of inciden is unknown according to the US statement, it was stated that the pilot had ejected safely with ejection seat. The incident was recorded as the...
  • Turkish Domestic Naval Projects Full Ahead
    Turkish Domestic Naval Projects Full Ahead 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the Turkish defence sector's post-COVID-19 period plans in addition to naval systems projects. Stating that the naval projects and TF-2000 process is continue, Prof. Dr. Demir stated that TF-2000 continued to maturation process&nbs...
  • Domestic Weapons to I Class Frigate
    Domestic Weapons to I Class Frigate 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the I-class frigate and naval projects. The first ship of the class, TCG Istanbul is under construction. It is on the agenda that domestic weapons are preferred for next three other platforms. Stating that the ship-based missile work a...
  • TF-2000 Frigate and Naval Projects
    TF-2000 Frigate and Naval Projects 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the TF-2000 frigate and naval projects. Stating that the naval projects and TF-2000 process continues, Prof. Dr. Demir stated that TF-2000 continued to maturation process within the scope of the Turkish Navy requirements. Underlin...
  • Japan to Work with US for Next-Generation Fighter Aircraft
    Japan to Work with US for Next-Generation Fighter Aircraft 21 April 2020
    Following the success of the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, the United States developed the F-16 Agile Falcon variant with advanced avionics, larger wing area and more powerful engine. The platform failed to achieve the expected sales success, and at that time it was Japan's choice in search of a similar platform. Tokyo improved the platform and F-2 developed the base on F-16 Agile Falcon. Tokyo, which wants to produce domestic fighter jets to replace the F-2, has r...
  • NATO Ships Sailed Black Sea
    NATO Ships Sailed Black Sea 29 March 2020
    The West does not remain silent to Russia's demonstrations in the Black Sea. NATO also conducts training in the Black Sea. The Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG-2), deployed by NATO in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, passed through the Çanakkale and İstanbul Straits to carry out training activities in the Black Sea. ITS Virginio Fasan (F 591), HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337), BGS Verni (42), ROS Regina Maria (F-222), TCG Fatih (F 242) and TCG Preveze (S 353); conduc...
  • New Corvette for Pakistan Navy
    New Corvette for Pakistan Navy 17 February 2020
    Pakistan added the Yarmook class F-271 PNS Yarmook corvette to its inventory. The ship, called the PNS Yarmook (F-271) will be the first of its class, and is based on Damen’s Offshore Patrol Vessel OPV 1900 design. The ship was built in Damen’s shipyard in Galati, Romania. The Yarmook-class displaces at around 2,300 tons and were described as multirole platforms capable of performing a variety of maritime operations. They were ordered in June 2017. PNS Tabuk, the second ship of th...
  • Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance?
    Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance? 30 January 2020
    In the 1980s and ‘90s Japan licensed aspects of Lockheed Martin’s iconic F-16 fighter design and produced the F-2, a Japanese F-16 variant with bigger wing and better electronics. Japan plans to choose a partner as early as this summer for development of its successor to the F-2 fighter jet, weighing a proposal from the U.S., its closest ally, against a British offer that would give Tokyo greater control. While the design to be developed by working with another country provides ac...
  • $7bn to Maintain 195 F-22 on Air
    $7bn to Maintain 195 F-22 on Air 3 January 2020
    Pentagon awarded Lockheed Martin a five-year contract worth $7 billion for maintenance of the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter. This additional five-year contract will extend the service’s contract work with Lockheed Martin through 31 December 2032. Work will be performed at a variety of operational bases, wherever the F-22 is deployed, according to the Pentagon. Lockheed Martin produced 195 examples of the F-22, with the last stealth fighter rolling off its production li...
  • USAF plans to use XQ-58A as datalink node between F-22 and F-35
    USAF plans to use XQ-58A as datalink node between F-22 and F-35 14 November 2019
    Sometime next month, the U.S. Air Force plans to get the F-22’s Inter/Intra-Flight Data Link (IFDL) to talk with the F-35’s Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL). Both jets will share data with each other via the GatewayOne node that sits on top of pole. And if all goes well, the GatewayOne will be mounted on the XQ-58A four months later for further testing. The event is hosted by North American Aerospace Defence Command and U.S. Northern Command.
  • F-35 Lowers Readiness Rates 11 August 2019
    US Air Force suffers from low readiness rates; the newer aircraft is, the lower readiness is. The US renews its fleets to sustain high readiness rate but on the contrary, it decreases the Air Force Times report indicates. Lockheed Martin is waiting for the green light to start at serial production but it needs first Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (IOT&E) approval. Under federal law, a major defence acquisition program cannot legally proceed to full-rate production unt...
  • Raptor in Qatar
    Raptor in Qatar 1 July 2019
      U.S. Air Force announced that the fifth-generation jet fighters have arrived in Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar for the first time on Jun. 27 to “defend American forces”. F-22 arrived in Qatar just over a week after the Iranians shot down a U.S. Navy RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator drone, flying over the Gulf of Oman. Raptors have in the past been stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The fifth-generation fighter had been ...
  • Japan Step by Step in Fifth Generation 17 April 2019
    Japan continues to work on creating fifth-generation stealth aircraft. Footage aired on national TV. Mitsubishi Electronics-led team proceeded to test, active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar based on the F-2 fighter aircraft. Allegedly, Japanese AESA radar is similar to US-made AN/APG-81, used in F-35 aircraft. Showcased for the first time footage of test prototype of a low-bypass turbofan (XF9-1) engine, developed by IHI Corporation. The new engine is about 4.8 meters in ...
  • Japan’s ASM-3 to Reach Standoff Range
    Japan’s ASM-3 to Reach Standoff Range 18 March 2019
    Japan has decided to increase the range of its air launched anti-ship missile the ASM-3. The Mach 3 capable missile will become standoff and reach 400km range. Standoff defence capability was specified in the new National Defence Program Guidelines adopted by the Cabinet last December. The Defence Ministry completed development of the supersonic air-to-ship ASM-3 missile in fiscal 2017. Mounted on an ASDF F-2 fighter jet, the missile is capable of flying at Mach 3. ...
  • Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie Makes Maiden Flight
    Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie Makes Maiden Flight 8 March 2019
    Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator completed its maiden flight on March 5 with a 76-minute-long flight over the United States Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona. XQ-58A Valkyrie is a Joint project of Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems (KUAS) and the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). AFRL' intends to realise its Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology (LCAAT) program with this UAV. The new low-cost, runway-independent demonstrator drone is a long-range, high...
  • Boeing to set up F-18 Factory in India
    Boeing to set up F-18 Factory in India 23 February 2019
    Boeing promotes its F-18 factory in India. Speaking at the Aero India show, company officials said it would build a “factory of the future” in India to produce the Super Hornet to meet New Delhi’s request. India has two separate requirements for combat aircraft: 110 for the air force and 57 for the navy. For the opportunities with New Delhi, the company would pitch the Super Hornet’s new Block III variant, which features updated avionics and sensors, and has ...
  • Lockheed Martin Offers F-16V as "F-21" to India
    Lockheed Martin Offers F-16V as "F-21" to India 23 February 2019
    Lockheed-Martin offers F-21 to India, but it is former F-16V Viper with F-22 like name. The F-21 is fitted with a Ground Collision Avoidance System (GCAS), a retractable flight refuelling boom, a "Sniper" targeting pod, and an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) AN/APG-83 radar provided by Northrop-Grumman, derived from the two radars that already equip the F-22 and the F-35.  
  • Two Seat Stealth Fighter on Way: J-20 Variant
    Two Seat Stealth Fighter on Way: J-20 Variant 17 January 2019
    China's most advanced stealth fighter jet J-20 could be developed into a bomber, electric warfare (EW) aircraft and a carrier-based variant. All current stealth fighter jets feature single-seat, so the potential J-20 variant might become the first two-seat stealth fighter jet in the world, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Wednesday. Chinese military experts said as latest reports suggested a two-seat version of the warplane is under development. On a highly digitalize...
  • Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70
    Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70 16 January 2019
    Bulgaria's parliament approved the government's plan to start talks with the United States on the purchase of eight new F-16 fighter jets in order to replace the country's aging, Soviet-made MiG-29 and to move closer to the standards set by the NATO. Some 130 lawmakers voted in favour of the plan of the centre-right government, led by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov while 84 deputies were against it, accusing the cabinet of breaching the tender rules. The deal fo...
  • US Air Force Accepts First KC-46A Tanker Aircraft
    US Air Force Accepts First KC-46A Tanker Aircraft 12 January 2019
    The US Air Force (USAF) accepted the first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling on 10 January which is more than two years late, and despite major technical deficiencies.  USAF said it will withhold payment of $28 million per aircraft until the faults are fixed. The service is scheduled to take physical delivery of the first KC-46A at McConnell Air Force Base (AFB), Kansas, as early as late January, according to USAF.  USAF spokesperson Captain Hope Cronin sai...
  • Ballistic Precaution
    Ballistic Precaution 10 January 2019
    China continues to increase its offensive power. In this process; deployment of new systems in the areas deemed necessary. In this context, the Beijing administration mobilized the DF-26 systems in the northwestern part of the country. The DF-26s were placed on the plateau and desert areas in the region. According to a report published in the Chinese media, platforms was moved after USS McCampbell (DDG 85)'s transition on the Xisha Islands. In this way, the Beijin...
  • Greece to Modernise 84 F-16
    Greece to Modernise 84 F-16 22 December 2018
    U.S. Department of Defence has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp., a $996,775,000 firm-fixed-price contract for F-16 upgrades. This contract provides for the upgrade of 84 Greek F-16 aircraft to the V-configuration. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; and Athens, Greece, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2027. This contract involves 100 percent Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to the government of Greece. The Viper integrates advanced capabilities as pa...
  • Italian M-346 Flies Non-Stop to Qatar
    Italian M-346 Flies Non-Stop to Qatar 23 November 2018
    An Italian Air Force Aermacchi M-346 jet trainer has flown non-stop to the Persian Gulf in order to promote aircraft to three gulf countries Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait. The aircraft, accompanied by two F-2000A Eurofighters and a Boeing KC-767A tanker, was on a 10-day promotional tour of the Gulf. The non-stop transit flights were part of aircraft promotion as M-346 is only training aircraft that has refuelling capability in flight.   The T-346 (the Italian Ai...
  • Thrust Vectoring System from China
    Thrust Vectoring System from China 6 November 2018
    Chinese thrust vectoring system has revealed for the first time. The system was seen on a J-10B aircraft in a photo taken during the preparations for the aviation exhibition in Zhuhai. Thrust vectoring nozzles are clearly visible in image. System is integrated on WS-10 jet engine. According to Jane's Defence Weekly, there are also smoke pods under the wing. This leads to the possibility that the aircraft will be able to make a flight demonstration during the airshow and show inc...
  • Dassault Reveals Concept Of Rafale Successor 25 October 2018
    During the Euronaval 2018 exhibition on October 23, 2018, Dassault presented its New Generation Fighter (NGF), due to replace the Rafale. The proposed fighter jet will be a French-German venture with Dassault taking the lead. The concept shows an emphasis on stealth, and shapes that somehow remind of Lockheed Martin F-22 and F-35, with no canard surface unlike the Typhoon and the Rafale. The new Dasault aircraft concept shows no vertical stabilizer, a concept tha...
  • Hurricane Hit Raptor
    Hurricane Hit Raptor 16 October 2018
    Hurricane Michael hurt the American Air Force. The hurricane last week was effective and wind speed during the disaster reached 250 km / h. Hurricane hit the East Coast, and the Air Force took its share. In line with the warnings of meteorology, 33 of the 55 F-22A Raptor aircraft stationed in Florida were shifted to another bases. However, 22 F-22As that were unable to fly due to maintenance and repair operations were stranded on top. During the hurricane, the platforms underneath the hangar ...
  • Japan to Replace F-2 Fighters with Local Solution
    Japan to Replace F-2 Fighters with Local Solution 7 October 2018
    Japan will develop a new aircraft to succeed its F-2 fighter.  Tokyo has already rejected proposals Lockheed Martin, Boeing and BAE System to supply new jets. Some 92 F-2s of the Japan Air Self-Defence Force are expected to retire in the 2030s and Japanese government has sought bids from Lockheed Martin for its F-22, Boeing for its F-15, and BAE Systems for its Eurofighter Typhoon.  Tokyo decided to replace F-2s with locally-made jet according to Mainichi Shimbun. <...
  • Drones Prepare For Dog Fight 20 September 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) scored the first air-to-air kill for the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during trials late last year, the service disclosed on 19 September. The successful test late last year showed the U.S. Air Force that an unmanned vehicle like the MQ-9 has the ability to conduct air-to-air combat, much like its manned fighter brethren such as an F-15 Eagle or F-22 Raptor, according to Col. Julian Cheater, comma...
  • Lockheed Martin Begins Greek F-16 Upgrade
    Lockheed Martin Begins Greek F-16 Upgrade 15 September 2018
    Lockheed Martin announced that it will launch the upgrade of 85 Greek F-16 fighter jets with the Block 70/72 Viper system next Monday.  Lockheed Martin’s VP Business Development Initiatives in Europe Dennys Plessas made the announcement during a press conference in Thessaloniki. Plessas explained the timetable of the upgrade and said that “a great part of the upgrade will take place in Greece.”  The first two years will be spent on engineering f...
  • Details About the F-15X That Boeing is Pitching the U.S. Air Force
    Details About the F-15X That Boeing is Pitching the U.S. Air Force 30 July 2018
    The new F-15 combat aircraft that Boeing is pitching to the U.S. Air Force would host of new weapons, including anti-ship missiles, according to US based Defence One magazine. The Air Force and Boeing have been talking about how new F-15Xs would be cheaper to operate than the current fleet of F-15s.  The X variant would benefit from upgrades funded by countries who have bought F-15s: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Singapore and Republic of Korea. Compared to the Air Force’s existin...
  • Kazakh Y-8 Made Its Maiden Flight
    Kazakh Y-8 Made Its Maiden Flight 18 June 2018
    Y-8F-200WA tactical transport aircraft which is ordered by Kazakhstan made its maiden flight. The contract was signed on April 21st for the aircraft tested at Shaanxi Liugu Airport. All aircraft which are ordered by Kazakhstan are scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2019. The Y-8F-200WA is an upgraded version of the Y-8, a medium-range transport aircraft developed from Antonov-12. The body can be used for tasks such as platform, troop transport, aerial resupply an...